Lead Staff Scientist: Biomaterials & Product Development

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7084876

Posted: September 8, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary

The Wyss Institute is seeking an innovative scientific leader with demonstrated expertise in program leadership, materials characterization, formulation or product development and general regulatory /GMP requirements to lead a dynamic team dedicated to the discovery, development, and translation of novel therapies for the treatment of disease.

About You:
You are a collaborative, impact-focused problem solver who wants to lead a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. You want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a fast-paced, industry-focused environment without a lot of administrative hurdles.
As an entrepreneurially-minded individual with an outgoing personality, you will combine your background in program leadership, product development and manufacturing with new technology development and important applications in healthcare. You will excel in an opportunity to enable and foster wide-ranging scientific collaborations with some of the world’s leading scientists, engineers, students, and fellows. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and leveraging your own expertise to create innovations that can change the world.

About Us:
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is not a typical research organization as our goal is near-term impact. Our mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds, and getting our innovations out of the lab and into the real world, fast. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions collaborate with staff scientists and engineers, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to produce new technologies that don’t just succeed at making it to the market – they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and VC firms don’t fund because they claim it’s too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges. For more information, visit: http://wyss.harvard.edu/

About the Role:
We are looking for an innovative leader with a comprehensive understanding of product development toward pre-clinical and clinical studies and with analytical methods to monitor material quality. Reporting to the Technology Translation Director, you will work in a team that is focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of a range of materials, including hydrogels, biopolymers, and nanoparticles, but with a primary focus on controlled, triggered or sustained delivery of drugs or biologics. You will manage, develop and inspire a team of junior scientists and research assistants. As a member of the Advanced Technology Team, you will be exposed to many different technologies in areas ranging from therapeutics and diagnostics to synthetic biology and materials science, with the goal of identifying new product solutions and the unique opportunity to follow your passion either at the Institute or as a future co-founder of a Wyss start-up.


Job-Specific Responsibilities

What you'll do:

Lead the biomaterials platform in evaluating new materials including delivery technologies and developing manufacturing processes to support animal and clinical studies.
Collaborate with faculty and staff to establish new projects and initiatives that will lead to product development opportunities within -material based immunotherapies.
Generate the scientific vision and write research proposals and reports to funding agencies, providing critical data, figures or information for grant and patent submissions;
Write and collaborate with faculty and other researchers on manuscripts, abstracts and other publications of research findings;
Identify new external collaboration opportunities with the business development team and manager complex partnership efforts with technical depth and effective leadership.
Manage, mentor and train others on research methodology.
Present research results at Wyss internal and external meetings.
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

Basic Qualifications

What you'll need:

Advanced degree in science or engineering.
A minimum of 12 years of experience in product development, material manufacturing and characterization in support of pre-clinical or clinical studies; A PhD may count towards years of experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Desirable Skills:

PhD is strongly preferred.
Full -time post graduate product development oriented experience in either industry or academic setting is preferred.
Some experience with general regulatory and GMP requirements for material preparation in support of pre-clinical toxicology or clinical studies, and IND filings is required.
Demonstrated success in leading and working in cross-functional teams. Excellent documentation, analytical, communication, and inter-personal skills.
Comfortable in a fast-paced translational environment and able to adjust scientific approach based upon changing priorities.
Ability to seek out collaborations and manage and mentor others.

Working Conditions

This position will be based on our campus in Boston, MA and will require on-campus presence. Subject to business needs, the Wyss Institute generally supports flexible work arrangements.



Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.


Additional Information

Offer contingent on successful completion of pre-placement medical evaluation.

Harvard is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Why you’ll like working with us:

At the Wyss Institute, you’re a member of a supportive, dynamic community that is united by its shared goal of changing the world through groundbreaking technology development and commercialization. We encourage your professional growth and development through mentorship and tuition reimbursement to support continued learning, and more. We also support your physical, financial, and mental well-being through generous time off benefits, gym reimbursements, and other programs offered through Harvard. We value an inclusive and diverse workforce, and believe that our differences enrich the work environment for all.



Our outstanding benefits package includes:

Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Facilities access and Discounts: Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.



Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.


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Job posting number:#7084876
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Harvard Medical School
Boston,Massachusetts
United States
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